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by Mark M Lichterman
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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With but one life to live:

What does one do?

A moral answer needed.


What does one do

when the one once loved

is no longer the one that

once was loved?


When, by his own hand,

by his own choice,

the once loved

becomes one

not known?


When the one loved

for many years past,

now finds love from

only within a bottle.


When, by his choice,


far beyond his years,



The one that loved him,

that no longer knows him,

must now clean his shit,

must clean his piss,

yet is not given the right

of her life that daily is slipping by.


No longer the man she loved!


No longer the man she knew,

burdened now to spend the

moments, hours, days,

weeks, months and years

with one she no longer knows.


No longer the man she knew! 

No longer the man she loved!


This woman now,

by his hand, by his choice,

burdened to spend her life

cleaning the refuse of his bowels,

the refuse of his kidneys,

struggling to lift

the weight of his besotted

body from off the floor.


 Burdened with one

she no longer loves.


Burdened with one

she no longer knows.


Burdened to spend

what time left within

her life with one

such as this,

with one such as this

that has purposely

squandered his life.


With one such as this

that has given in trade,

the love of this woman

for the love of Scotch whisky.


Burdened to spend

what time is left in her life

with one such as this,

with one such as this

that has purposely

squandered his life

when there is another

that would love her?


When there is another

that would do what

might be done to give her



When there is another

that would bring joy

into what is left of

this woman’s life.


When there is another

that would bring

renewed love

into this woman’s life.


Given one life to live:

A quandary.

A moral answer needed.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 5/16/2010
I suppose it is because she once loved this now unknown person, that she takes on the burden and continues to care for him, even though it is burdensome and takes away from her own life. I think that is a pretty selfless act and shows that she has a very good heart. She deserves joy and happiness in her life and I hope she gets it. Emotional piece, Mark! ~Your friend, Lizzie
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/16/2010
This is an excellent piece.
You have captured the world of an cronic alcoholic as if a movie. As well as showing the side of the woman who once loved him, oblivious to her pain as he feeds his unending thirst. I have seen too much of this in my life.
Well done.

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 1/14/2010
Alcohol is a solution to the spiritual malady which alcoholics suffer. Alcoholics have simply lost the power of choice. AA works very well for drinkers who desire to stop. Al-anon works very well for the people affected by the alcoholic, i.e. husbands, wives, children, etc. I know this because I've lived it. Moving poem.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/14/2010
With once living this life with my 1st. husband, I can answer from MY POINT of VIEW Mark. If my husband whom I love so dearly took to the bottle tomorrow, I would ask if he wanted help and I would be by his side to do what I could to support him however if the answer is no I would put on my walking shoes. Love don`t mean letting others abuse you. Truth is THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY ABUSE, (man or woman), everyone has the right to love and respect. I can only answer for me, no one knows how another thinks, feels or love another.
On the other hand if my husband took ill or was in an accident and I had to clean him and nurse him, I am the love of his life and he will always be able to depend on me to be there for him.

Newfie Hugs from your friend XOXO, Rose
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/14/2010
My friend, love is like the worm at the bottom of a tequila bottle.


Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/13/2010
I've prolly had a class of win too much, this night.
All I can say is well said. Love will break such bondage, true love, that is.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/13/2010
You have been putting them out today, Mark. It is a sens of duty, my friend that commands one to perform these tasks for someone who has gone away from them. It may be that she remembers better time, "wants" to remember the good times, and that is what propels her to do the drudgery required for such an individual. Like Felix said, only she can answer this question.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/13/2010
It is a moral issue for sure and one only the person who is in that place can truly answer. No one else has the right to judge or advice her for it is her soul and her conscience that must walk that line alone.

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